Make It Snow On Your WordPress Site With Jetpack

As is tradition on WordPress.com, it’s that time of year where they turn on the snow machine. In order to accomplish the same thing for a self hosted installation of WordPress, you’d need to use a plugin. Great news if you’re already using Jetpack! If you have Jetpack enabled on your site, point your browser to Settings – General and look at the bottom of the screen.

Make It Snow With Jetpack

Check mark the box, click save, visit the front-end of your site and watch it snow. You can control which direction the snow falls with your mouse cursor by moving it to the left or right side of the screen. The snow will automatically stop after January 4th.

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13 responses to “Make It Snow On Your WordPress Site With Jetpack”

  1. steven stern says:

    IF your page uses mainly white as a background, edit /wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/holiday-snow/snowstorm.js and edit line 24. I’m using

    this.snowColor = ‘#e0e0e0’;

    on http://slneighbors.org

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  2. David Decker says:

    The question would be better: “Make It Snow On Your WordPress Site WITHOUT Jetpack” :-)

    However, I am wondering who had the idea of “January 4th”? In a lot of countries it should be January 6th, and for some countries also a few days longer I guess. The “make it snow setting” should be combined with a date/ timeframe setting otherwise it’s useless. At least outside of U.S.

    All in all, just another reason, why Jetpack feels bloated to a lot of users/ developers…

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  3. Amy J says:

    Very cool! And easy to follow instructions. We are now using on our site.

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  4. For those who enable this, please consider the following: http://aftergadget.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/waspish-wednesday-how-autoplays-let-it-snow-disable-visitors-to-your-website/

    Autoplaying anything with motion can have serious effects on people, including seizures and migraines as described above.

    While the effect is cute, the risk seems too great to me.

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  5. Keith Davis says:

    “You can control which direction the snow falls with your mouse cursor by moving it to the left or right side of the screen. ”

    Eh that looks good but I’m not a Jetpack man.

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  6. Jeffro says:

    @steven stern – That’s a neat trick, thanks for sharing. WP.com is primarily white and it’s hard to see the snowflakes until you notice them flying across the black text.

    @David Decker – I see your point. It’s worth noting that the snow addition is not a seperate module for Jetpack. It does little to add to the overall weight of the plugin.

    @Mark Root-Wiley – Well shucks, there is always something to ruin the festive mood. Thanks for the link and I’ll reconsider having snow turned on on the site.

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  7. Nick says:

    I had no idea Jetpack had this option. Thanks for the tip. I think my readers will like this – I”m adding this post to my WordPress Weekly which I post every Friday. Quick example of one http://wpresstic.com/wordpress-weekly-november-22nd-2013/

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  8. Marcelo says:

    This is quite interesting. I planned to write about the fancy of letting snow in your website, but it turned to “how to trigger undesired seizures in your customers and lose visitors”…
    It’s not all bells and whistles I guess, and it’s time to be conscious enough and respect disabilities.

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  9. Mike says:

    @Mark Root-Wiley – Seriously? Heaven forbid these poor souls should ever catch a glimpse of a television…

    Sad to see the snow has now gone from this site :(

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  10. MarillaAnne says:

    It would be nice if our visitors could turn it on or off. Any ideas on that? And is there another plugin doing snow?

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  11. @Mike For some people, that’s a real danger, not a joke. You should read the full article.

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  12. […] I explained how to make it snow on your website if you have the Jetpack plugin activated. After publishing the article, Mark […]

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